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Ill-health hits UK van fleets

Ill-health is hitting organisations in transport and logistics as a culture of ‘work while you’re sick’ takes hold, according to figures published by the Chartered Management Institute.

The research, conducted among 1,511 drivers, reveals that individuals are turning up for work when they should be at home, recovering.

The Quality of Working Life report shows that individuals believe their health is deteriorating, but one in three in the sector are afraid to take time off from work when needed.

Key findings from the research, published in association with Simplyhealth, shows:

  • Illness equals weakness: only 32% in transport and logistics say they will be treated sympathetically if they are sick

  • Reduced results: only half in the sector are operating anywhere near ‘peak performance levels’ with many blaming ill-health for the drop in productivity

  • Commitment crisis: treatment of staff at work is having an impact on morale with 52% in transport and logistics working in excess of two hours over contract each day.
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